The house consists of the following; 4 double bedrooms - two with double bed and two with 2 single beds (sleeps 8 comfortably), a family bathroom and two ensuite bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, downstairs toilet, a kitchen, dining room and dining terrace. Ample parking, A large swimming pool and terrace set in 5 acres of land. With beautiful views over the valley this house offers true relaxation. A cot and high chair are available on request.
Farmhouse in Bertre, Puylaurens, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees - Decorated To An Impeccable Standard This House Is Well Located Between Carcassonne And Toulouse
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- 9 Nov 2018
About Martin Symons
For many years with young children in tow we holidayed all over France. The children loved the outdoor life, with plenty of sunshine, and we loved the French way of life, the people, the large open spaces and last, but not least, good food and wine. It became a dream to one day own a little slice of that French life and to find a haven of peace from our frenetic English lifestyle. After several years searching we found En Magne. Our children have now left home, but we all visit frequently together with our friends. We have had many happy times, so the house is full of fond memories. Current commitments mean we cannot spend as much time as we would like in our French home, so we thought we would take this opportunity to offer it for holidays.
Martin Symons purchased this Farmhouse in 2000
Why Martin Symons chose Bertre
Having spent 4 years looking in various parts of France, our then quite young children wanted to be near skiing and the beach. We both wanted an old farmhouse in a relatively rural, but not too isolated, location with plenty of space. The edge of a hamlet was ideal so we could get to know local people. When we saw En Magne on a hillside overlooking this glorious countryside, we knew it was for us. The children loved it too. Discovering much more of the area came later and we still find so much to do, although many of our friends who visit don’t want to leave En Magne and its environs.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Apart from the stunning location (surrounded by sunflowers in the summer), the area is very peaceful and the locals very friendly. Puylaurens (5kms) has a good supply of supermarkets, boulangeries, butcher, banks (with ATM), cave, tourist board and post office. There are several restaurants and cafes and a market on Wednesday. There is a Roman road within a 1km offering walking (randonees) and cycling. It is within an hour of Toulouse and Carcassone with easy airport access. The surrounding area has a vast selection of delightful towns and villages, many offering wonderful markets.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Great property for extended family get together. We all loved the space and the pool in particular.
The house was great and met our needs. Isabelle was very good at giving the tour and checking we had settled in without being obtrusive. The surrounding area lacks a little in places to eat locally, but we enjoyed eating at the house on the terrace using the facilities indoors and the barbecue. The pool was used every day extensively due to the lovely weather. Revel and Castres are worth a visit, but everywhere seems very quiet ((closed!) on a Monday. Overall, a lovely time to relax and catch up.
Great property with amazing pool
We had an overall wonderful stay in Martin's house during the 2018 summer heatwave. Thank goodness for the pool in 38 degree heat!
The house has lots of great space, inside and out, and was perfect for the children in our group, who were 3, 7 and 10. Everything was in great condition, and there is ample equipment/furniture in the kitchen, around the pool and from a practical perspective too. Not all of the photos in the listing do the property justice - the size and condition of the bathrooms and bedrooms especially was really impressive.
We didn't explore the area as much as we'd have liked because of the heat and the pull of the pool, with just a day out in the amazing Carcassonne to break our stay up in the week.
A couple of things we think future guests should know. The house got very hot, especially upstairs at night, but we were there during an unusually warm period. That, combined with the traditional French beds (with solid foot ends), meant that sleep during the week wasn't always the best for the couple of us that couldn't fully stretch out in bed (we just caught up on the loungers by the pool!).
But most importantly, when we booked, the property was listed with a check in time of 4pm and check out time of 11am, both of which we had complications with. Check in is actually 6pm and Isabella the housekeeper turned up at 9am on our last morning, which made for a rushed departure, which was unfortunate. In total, only a difference of 4 hours to our stay, just unfortunate that it impacted our first night and last morning, so hopefully useful for people to know in advance.
But none of that will affect our overall enjoyment of our stay in Martin's lovely house, and we would very much recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet location with great facilities in a beautiful part of France.
Fantastic house and the owner and house keeper were great when we had an accident
So grateful to the owner
Stayed here for one week with my two sons (11 and 13) - everyone had a great time with an equal measure of castle visits and pool fun. The house is big and airy and is well equipped. Outside, badminton in the garden, table tennis and the huge pool. The pool is great for kids with a walkway around the deeper part so that children are never out of their depth. The area around Bertre is quiet and rural. All in all a great week away from it all.
Excellent place to stay
Just returned from a week in this property. Lovely location in rolling countryside, very well furnished and equipped. Perfect large pool, plenty of space in the house for 8 people and full of character. Everyone throughly enjoyed themselves. Would go again,
Rural relaxation retreat 6-20 August 2016
We spent two glorious weeks in this beautiful property. The house is stunning - very old but with all mod cons. Whilst it maintains its old charm the owners have put in modern bathrooms which are beautiful, a dishwasher in the kitchen with plenty of crockery and a washing machine in the utility area should you travel light or need to wash anything. The bedrooms are all roomy with plenty of storage space. Downstairs there is a large kitchen diner, a lounge with a TV and a library for peace and quiet. All rooms have comfortable furnishings which help you feel very 'at home'. There is a lot of space here, inside and out.
The pool area is surrounded by a patio edged with lavender and the pool itself is large enough to swim 'lengths'. There is space for children to kick a ball around and to play and a garage where you will find pool inflatables and games. It is useful to leave the car in here too to keep it cool. You will need a car here as it is quite rural and to explore the area. Puylaurens is the nearest town for supermarkets and Patisseries. We also visited Albi, Toulouse and Carcassonne to name a few.
The house is private and accessed via electric gates which makes it feel very secure. The housekeeper is lovely and very helpful even though we didn't speak particularly good French. We arrived very late and she was there to meet us and give us a tour. There was also a 'welcome pack' of the bare essentials to get us through the first morning.
The owner was very helpful when we needed advice and was very quick to respond to emails and texts.
We had such a lovely holiday here that we are considering booking again.
Just over an hour drive to Narbonne Plage and the Mediterranean coast.
Around 45 minutes from Toulouse or Carcassonne airports. Driving from the UK takes around 10 hours
5 minute drive to Puylaurens, offering a market, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, petrol and a range of smaller shops. 20 minutes to the larger town of Revel, offering a large market, many restaurants, supermarkets and entertainment. 30 minutes to Castres, large town with multiple supermarkets.
Additional pricing information
Changeover Day: Normally Saturday. Departure time before 10.00 am, arrival not before 6.00 pm. There may be flexibility in the changeover day out of the peak season. Payment. The initial payment is non-refundable. The remaining amount is refundable up to 60 days prior to check-in or if the property can be re-let. The rent does not include telephone, central heating nor wood for stove. These are by prior arrangement and in addition to rental rates.